Rosie’s baby was one-week overdue when she came to Meridian Clinic for her treatment on Monday, though her doctor considered her health condition and suggested medical induction, she had faith in acupuncture as she had previous experience of success with her endometriosis and fertility. She preferred to avoid medical intervention and tried acupuncture for a… Continue reading Acupuncture and Induction of Labour
After a year and a half of a tough period of time, ‘Freedom Day’ in Scotland arrives as the country moves beyond Level 0 coronavirus restrictions at midnight which is three weeks after England had done. Most restrictions are removed from today, people finally have got their freedom back! Legal requirements for physical distancing and… Continue reading Scotland’s ‘Freedom Day’
“No pain, no pain. Amazing!” Mrs Taylor, an 81-year-old lady, comes into the clinic for her appointment, kicking her leg out, with a big smile on her face. Mrs Taylor’s last visit to our clinic was one week ago and received her first acupuncture treatment for her knee. She’s had a sore knee for over… Continue reading Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis
A new theory of FSN acupuncture, an immunological hypothesis of FSN acupuncture which also known as ‘cobweb mechanism’, has been published in Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies recently (Image 1: The author, Dr Wenbo Xu, giving his presentation at London Conference 2019).
FSN acupuncture is based on the studies of modern physiology, biology, anatomy and histology. Currently, individual ‘tightened muscle’ is the primary indicator for FSN acupuncture. However, the mechanism of FSN is still not clear. This paper based on the theoretical and clinical studies in biomedical science, using logic and inference, postulates the immunological hypothesis of FSN. It is hypothesized that through the stimulation of the subcutaneous tissue,FSN acupuncture is considered to arouse and active the immune system and self-healing mechanism, in so doing this promotes and accelerates the process of tissue repair and function rehabilitation (Image 2: The process of FSN mechanism).
Likewise, subcutaneous connective tissue, the main issue FSN worked on, is also a continuous network that surrounds organs and tissues throughout our body, which shares the very similar characteristics in structure with cobweb. In order to vividly describe the proses of the immune system responding to the FSN stimulation of ‘connective tissue’, the authors use the spider and its ‘cobweb’ intruder as an analogy, so immunological hypothesis of FSN can also be understood as ‘cobweb mechanism’ (Image 3: Cobweb and Connective Tissue).
The establishment of the cobweb mechanism of FSN reveals the internal causes and processes of the action of FSN treatment and makes up for the deficiency of the existing theory, the tightened muscle theory. It has a great guiding significance for the expansion of FSN clinical indications and the improvement of its therapeutic effect.
In addition, “cobweb theory” provides a new perspective on the study of acupuncture mechanism, and it may also promote the study for discovering the mystery of traditional acupuncture too.